This is an analysis of the poem Litany that begins with:

You are the bread and the knife,
The crystal goblet and the wine......

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: AbX AbcbdX edfgg XecX hdc hea gXX fXaaab
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 3,6,5,4,3,3,3,6,
  • Closest metre: iambic pentameter
  • Сlosest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • Сlosest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: blank verse
  • Metre: 1101101 01010101 1100 1101101 01010101 110110101 10101001 1101100010 101110001 110111010010 011010 10101 111100101101 1011111101101 00100111011001 1010010101001 1111101 01001011011 1011001001 11110010010 101010011 01100101 1000100100001 1110101101 11010000101 01010101110 1010010101010 111001001 1011011 11100101101 11101101 1011001101 10100101011101
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 163
  • Average number of words per stanza: 32
  • Amount of lines: 33
  • Average number of symbols per line: 39 (medium-length strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 8
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; and, you, of, knife, bread are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word you is repeated.

    The author used the same words you, i at the beginnings of some neighboring stanzas. The figure of speech is a kind of anaphora.

    There is a poetic device epiphora at the end of some neighboring lines air, knife are repeated).

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

  • summary of Litany;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

Good luck in your poetry interpretation practice!

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